Can I Do A High Altitude Hike Right After Skull Reshaping Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am planning on going on a high altitude hike four days after my skull reshaping surgery. I’m wanting to know would this be alright, and would the surgery affect my ability to do this hike? 

A: I am not aware of any adverse effects of high altitudes on the healing and recovery any form of autologous skull reshaping surgery. However this is the first time that any patient has asked this specific question so I have no actual experience with such activities just 4 days after the surgery. All I can confidently say is that I am certain you will still have some surgical swellling at that time which may or may nor be mildly aggravated by strenuous activities at high altitudes so soon after surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana